Results starting with 'P'

Paddle-tail
soft plastic design with a large, flat tail resembling a paddle
Paddy
Floating Kelp. Sometimes Lots Of Fish Hiding Underneath.
Partyboat
Charter vessel carrying more than six fishermen. The norm is 30 to 100 people.
Pass
Same as an inlet, a natural water passage between the bays and ocean.
Patch reef
A patch of coral reef inshore of the main reef line. For instance, most of the Florida Keys' main reef is a half-dozen miles offshore. But the patch reefs are small, isolated, and scattered anywhere between dry land and the deeper water.
Pattern
A generic name for the recipe to tie a fly.
Pattern fishing
the practice of targeting areas which share the exact set of water conditions such as depth, cover, structure, temperature, clarity, currents, etc., which have produced bass at similar locations all over the same body of water
Pawl
Part of a mechanism in fishing reels. Basically, it is a ratchet part that engages the notch between the teeth of a gear. Pawl systems are used in anti-reverse and clicker systems of some reels.
Pegging
Method of worm fishing where the slip sinker has an object like a toothpick stuck into it to keep the sinker from sliding up the line.
Pelagic
True, ocean-going fish that roam the deep water.
Phytoplankton
Macroscopic "buglike" creatures, smaller than the head of a pin, that are found in rivers and lakes.
Piano wire
Single-strand fishing leader that closely resembles the wire inside your piano.
Pier rats
Crusty fishermen who spend many hours and days on the big surf piers, waiting (and often sleeping out there) until the fish begin biting. These people have the art of pier fishing down to a science, with their own customs.
Pinfish trap
A small wire box designed to be left at the marina or under a moored boat, and baited with fish scraps. Live pinfish make an excellent bait.
Pinheads
Tiny Baitfish, Usually Die Immediately After Being Hooked.
Pistol grip
Rod featuring a short rubber or cork handle similar to that of a pistol. These type rods are good for close range, accurate casting.
Pitch-skip
a presentation technique by which a lure is pitched and skips underneath overhanging cover such as a boat dock
Pitching
Method of longer-range flipping, where the lure is tossed in an underhand motion very close to the water's surface.
Plane
Term describing when a boat gets onto the surface of the lake, rather than being in the water the boat in planning on top of the water.
Planer boards
Devices used in trolling to run lines out to lateral positions away from each side of the boat. Planers keep multiple trolling lines separated to avoid tangles and to cover a wider area.
Plankton
A general term for microscopic organisms at the base of the food chain. This can include everything from adult one-celled organisms to juvenile stages of various fish and mollusks. Because they are subject to wind and current, they are often concentrated in huge clouds, making them forage for everything from minnows to large filter-feeding animals like whales.
Plastic worm
a molded soft plastic lure designed to imitate a worm, eel or snake; plastic worms are manufactured in numerous sizes, shapes and colors
Plastics
In general, lures manufactured from flexible vinyl and polycarbonate derivatives.
Pocket
area Of Fish
Pocket water
Where fast current rushes around boulders and other obstructions, creating pockets of calmer water.
Pogey
Menhaden shad. Famous for their oil content, they make the best saltwater chum. Also a must for live-trolling in Atlantic kingfish tournaments. Frequently caught with castnets. Their dense schools underwater are frequently betrayed along the beachfront by dive-bombing pelicans.
Pogey Oil
Rich, golden oil from menhaden, also called pogey, makes the ideal chum in salt water for many gamefish. It makes a slick on the water. Available in coastal tackle stores.
Poking
a technique in which the angler clears a hole in floating vegetation so that he or she can then present a lure through the hole
Polarized glasses
A very necessary part of a fly fisherman's kit. By virtue of a "grille" of tiny bars sandwiched between two layers of glass, polarized glasses eliminate glare reflected from water and allow a fisherman to see into the water.
Popper
Topwater lure that makes a popping, or spitting commotion when retrieved. Example; Rebel Pop-R.
Popping cork
A Styrofoam cork with the top shaped to make it gurgle when yanked. The noise is supposed to imitate sounds of fish feeding on top, thereby attracting the attention of gamefish.
Pork chunk
Trailer for jigs or spinnerbaits made originally from pork rinds.
Postspawn
the period immediately after the spawn when female bass frequently are exhausted from laying eggs and protecting their beds; the period leading into the summer season
Pound-test
the point at which line breaks when pulled with a specific amount of pressure
Power fishing
technique by which large and/or fast-moving lures are used to create reaction strikes from bass; commonly regarded as the opposite of finesse fishing
Pre-fishing
practicing for a tournament
Presentation
The act of delivering a fly to a fish.
Prespawn
the period shortly before spawning begins when big bass typically invade shallow water and feed voraciously
Priest
A short, wooden club used for subduing wild fish thrashing in the boat.
Professional
Angler who makes his/her living from fishing tournaments.
Professional overrun
Fancy nickname for backlash or bird's nest in baitcasting reels.
Prop
Common term for the propeller of a trolling or outboard motor.
Prop bait
Topwater lure with a metal propeller on one or both ends. Example; Luhr-Jensen Wood Chopper.
Pumpkinseed
Light brownish color used often in soft plastic lures. Very natural hue.
Punching
technique for fishing heavy matted cover (generally vegetation) with a soft plastic lure by which a slip sinker is pegged to the bait and the bait is cast, flipped or pitched into cover so that the sinker pulls the bait through the cover canopy and to the desired area below
Pupa
The third phase of an insect's life cycle, when wings are beginning to grow.
Push pole
A long, 20-foot pole made of wood or graphite, used for silently pushing the boat across the flats, easing within casting ranger of various fish, such as bonefish.